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  • Haunted Again: Skull-Faced 'Halloween Asteroid' Returns in 2018

    12/21/2017 12:52:16 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    Space.com ^ | December 21, 2017 06:52am ET | Mike Wall, Senior Writer |
    Astronomers will soon get another look at the big, ghoulishly weird space rock that buzzed Earth on Halloween three years ago. The roughly 2,100-foot-wide (640 meters) Halloween asteroid 2015 TB145 gave Earth a close shave on Oct. 31, 2015, coming within just 300,000 miles (480,000 kilometers) of our planet. (For perspective, the moon orbits at an average distance of about 239,000 miles, or 384,600 km.) A Halloween flyby was quite appropriate, it turned out: Observations made at the time by a variety of instruments revealed that 2015 TB145 looks like an enormous skull, at least from some angles. ... The asteroid may...
  • Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico’s famous telescope, is battered by Hurricane Maria

    09/21/2017 1:41:54 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/21/17 | Sarah Kaplan
    The National Science Foundation has not heard from staff at the iconic Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria roared over the island. A spokeswoman for NSF, which owns the observatory, said the agency hadn't received any official communications from Arecibo since 8 a.m. Wednesday — before the eye of the storm passed over the telescope. Two of the groups that helps manage the observatory, SRI International and the Universities Space Research Association, also hadn't heard from their staff on site. One observatory staff member who weathered the storm in the town of Arecibo contacted the association via shortwave...